Botanical name: Santolina rosmarinifolia
Olive Herb is a cold hardy, perennial, woody, and the bright green leaves that have an intense olive aroma. It adds an interesting, alternative flavour to salads and is a tasty addition to Mediterranean meals, especially when you don’t have any fresh olives to hand.
At the end of February Olive Herb develops small yellow button flowers that last long, look pretty and are well suited as a table decoration.
The leaves are the best part of the plant to use for flavouring. The flowers have less licorice flavour so are not suitable for use.
Uses of Olive Herb
The soft green leaves are added as whole leaves or the needles can be chopped up.
This herb has an amazing pickled olive flavour. All who know this herb have already fallen in love with it.
It is great used in home-made pasta and Mediterranean herb-oil mixtures (pesto). It also fits well with lettuce for salads and marinades and adds flavour to tomatoes in spicy fish and meat dishes, sauces and cheeses. In short, it can used on all occasions which include olives being eaten.
Recipe - Olive paste:
- 200 g pitted green olives
- 100-150 ml of olive oil
- 1 small bunch Haar's Olive Herb
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 small jar of capers
- juice of one lemon
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh or dried (1 tablespoon then) herbs (herbs such as the Provence, Thyme, Rosemary, Cabbage, salt, pepper).
Combine all the ingredients after they have been crushed in a blender to a paste. Regulate more or less olive oil to get the right consistency.
Tasty Tip: Put Olive Herb in champagne - add 5cm long stems full of olive herb in the champagne glasses and pour in champagne. Very decorative and a culinary experience.
Growing Olive Herb
The Olive Herb is a hardy perennial plant and is low maintenance. The flowers don't remain on the plant after they are finished so the plant always looks tidy.
Olive Herb needs a sunny to partially shaded location and makes an attractive edging plant.
We recommend for best results that you feed the Olive Herb every 4 weeks with an organic fertiliser.
Plants grow 30-50cm high.